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Top 50 Construction Blogs

By Todd Fratzel on Design

Today I was pleasantly surprised to see that our site was listed in the Top 50 Construction Blogs. The list is broken into five categories including: construction businesses, consumers, green construction, architecture and design and landscape design and construction. I hope you’ll find the list of Top 50 Construction Blogs useful. I found several sites…

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Neighbor Disputes | Right-Of-Ways

By Todd Fratzel on Design

Property Right-Of-Ways A friend of mine is going through a dispute with a neighbor about a right-of-way and I thought it was worth sharing. Many pieces of property have legal right-of-ways that grant access to pieces of property for many reasons. Furthermore, many property owners arean’t always aware of the right-of-ways and the significance of…

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Finished Basement | Bedroom Egress Requirements

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Design

Basement Egress Egress for buildings is defined as a means of escape and rescue. All building codes address a means of egress as part of life safety measures meant to protect occupants in case of emergencies like a fire. The International Residential Code (IRC) requires: Emergency escape and rescue required. Basements with habitable space and…

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How To Assemble EasyClosets Hutch Unit

By Todd Fratzel on Closets & Storage, Design

How To Install EasyClosets.com Components | Part II I’ve been writing about a walk-in closet design-build project that we’re doing at home. In this Part II of “How to build walk-in closet components from EasyClosets”, I’d like to discuss how to assemble EasyClosets hutch units. If you’re interested in learning more about this project then…

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Walk-In Closet Organizers | Design

By Todd Fratzel on Closets & Storage, Design

Choosing Closet Organizers & Materials As part of our walk-in closet design-build project I’ve been researching and shopping for closet organizers and materials. Our wish list includes a cherry finished style of closet shelving, drawers and a hanging rod. It has been our experience that shopping online for these type of products can save  money.…

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Underground Storm Water Detention

By Todd Fratzel on Design

Storm Water Detention Almost all new construction today requires some type of drainage analysis of the project property. Whether the developer does the analysis of the entire project in a sub-division or whether your local government requires an analysis most regulations prevent new water runoff from leaving your property. Obviously this is a simplification of…

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Can House Trusses Be Modified?

By Todd Fratzel on Design, Framing

Can Truss Members Be Cut? I received an email from a reader today asking me some questions about trusses in his home. The homeowner is interesting in creating a spare room in his attic. He noticed that there’s lots of room up in the attic that might have the potential for a spare room. So…

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Refinishing A Flood Damaged Basement

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Design

Another homeowner has emailed me with questions about insulating a finished basement. This situation is a bit different and I wanted to share it with you. The homeowner recently had their basement flooded with over 4 feet of standing water. The house is located in a flood plain but has never been flooded before. The…

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